Global Miami Plan | 2014 and previous

Academic Foundation

Each Foundation course incorporates written communication and advances critical thinking as well as at least two additional competencies. The Foundation component enables students to gain a breadth of knowledge across multiple domains of learning.

I. English Composition (6 hours)

II. Creative Arts, Humanities, Social Science (9 hours)

A. Creative Arts (3 hours minimum)

B. Humanities (3 hours minimum)

C. Social Science (3 hours minimum)

III. Global Perspectives (6 to 9 hours)

A. Study Abroad (6 hours fulfills requirement), or

B. G-Courses (9 hours), or

C. G-Cluster (9 hours)

IV. Natural Science (9 hours, must include one laboratory course)

A. Biological Science (3 hours minimum)

B. Physical Science (3 hours minimum)

V. Mathematics, Formal Reasoning, Technology (3 hours)

Additionally, to complete the Foundation area requirements, students must complete the following:

Cultures (Cul) requirement 

All students must take at least one Foundation course that presents a cultural perspective. Students satisfy this requirement by taking an appropriately designated course in any foundation area. The same course may meet both a Foundation areas requirement and the cultural and/or historical perspective requirement.

Historical (H) requirement 

All students must take at least one Foundation course that presents a historical perspective (H). Students satisfy this requirement by taking an appropriately designated course in any Foundation area. The same course may meet both a Foundation area requirement and the historical and/or the cultural perspective requirement.

Thematic Sequence 

The thematic sequence is met by completing related courses (at least nine hours) in an approved Thematic Sequence outside the student’s department of major.  One foundation course may also apply to the thematic sequence.

Each sequence will collectively include opportunities for written communication & critical thinking plus advance at least three other competencies.  The department(s) that propose and offer the Thematic Sequence may select those outcomes that best align with the objectives of the Thematic Sequence.

A second major, co-major, or minor outside of the student’s department of first major can count for the Thematic Sequence.

Students may propose self-designed sequences.

Senior Capstone Course 

The capstone course requirement is met by completing three hours in an approved capstone course during a student’s senior year.  Capstone courses feature a substantial written student-initiated project that encourages students to integrate knowledge gained throughout their undergraduate experience.